Statement from UAW President Ray Curry on House passage of Inflation Reduction Act of 2022
Today’s historic vote in the House of Representatives comes on the heels of the Senate’s passage last Sunday. The UAW commends President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer for their leadership and perseverance throughout this lengthy process as it could not have happened without them. We are thankful to all members of Congress who voted in favor of this historic legislation.
Passage of the Inflation Reduction Act is, in no small part, the result of years of hard work and persistence by our members in both Washington, D.C. and their home districts. Any union member who has sat across the table from their employer to bargain a contract will attest to how difficult it can be to overcome roadblocks put forward by management. The same is true when it comes to working to pass legislation that favors working people over wealthy, entrenched interests. Power concedes nothing and the struggle to improve the lives of working people often appears hopeless. The House vote today shows us once again how we can prevail over the most powerful, even Big Pharma. We won despite their objections and flooding of the airwaves with misleading information.
We look forward to President Biden making the Inflation Reduction Act the law of the land.